The innovative new water recirculation system at its hatchery in Furnace will reduce water intake by around 90%, continuing Meridian Salmon’s commitment to responsible and sustainable salmon farming.
Richard Polanski, Hatchery Manager at Furnace, said: “We are all very excited about this technology, which means we will be at the very forefront in salmon aquaculture.
“While we were keen to develop a system which greatly reduces the amount of fresh water we use, the new system is about providing the correct environment for the fish.
“We are now able to keep our fry and smolts in a safe environment, where we can keep track of them better than before and all aspects of our operations can be more finely tuned and controlled.”
The complicated construction works, being carried out by D A MacDonald Contractors Ltd, has now commenced and the project, which will be completed to the highest standards of quality of workmanship, is expected to be become operational in early 2013.
Meridian Salmon Group is unique as the only operator in Scotland which handles every aspect of salmon farming, including breeding, hatchery, farming and processing. This gives the company total control over every stage of the production cycle, resulting in fish of consistently high quality.
Its investment and planned expansion in production is particularly crucial in Shetland and Orkney, where hundreds of jobs and fragile rural, island economies are dependent on the salmon farming industry, which is now Scotland’s biggest food exporter and worth £220 million per year.